“For me, getting better as a writer is learning how to get to the essence of things and boil down all of that exposition and backstory.”
Nonfiction writers can get so consumed by investigating that we lose track of the story. Narrating my audiobook brought me back to the real person at the heart of it.
I expected that inhabiting the roles of both the author and the narrator at once would bring me closer to the text than ever, in a way that might feel uncomfortable.
“Comics made the confusion and desperation feel contained. By ‘contained’ I don’t mean controlled—more the feeling of ‘I can deal with this piece of my grief, explore it, turn it around, and add context to it.’”
Jessica Wilbanks discusses the craft choices Niki Herd made while writing her poem “Bird.”
Even the most authentic voice on the page is a translation, a refraction, an altered version of the author’s actual speaking voice.